American Queen Steamboat Company fleet
Review of American Queen Steamboat Company
"American Queen Steamboat Company" is an USA river cruise line company based on the Mississippi River, with headquarters in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. The line resurrected the overnight Big Muddy sailing operations - an USA river travel niche that was almost dead since 2008. This line is also trying to add an old-fashioned splendor to the Pacific Northwest river cruising vacation experience. Originally founded under the name "Great American Steamboat Company", in April 2012 this business enterprise started its American Queen steamboat operations. Since then, the company is brabded as "American Queen Steamboat Company". This name brand is affiliated with the corporation "HMS Global Maritime Inc" - Florida (Fort Lauderdale based) company powering its marine operations. Currently, the American Steamboat line company is led by Ted Sykes. He previously worked in leadership and executive roles at Viking Cruises, Vantage, Grand Circle Travel and Saga Cruises. This true USA cruise company employs resident experts who tell the stories of the hamlets and towns visited. They are always available and ready to answer questions any time. Onboard bicycles are also at hand, providing guests with the chance to peddle through ports the vessels call at. The American Queen Steamboat Company line draws USA river travel afficionados, along with culture connoisseurs, USA history buffs and traditional cuisine admirers, as its cruises provide complimentary shore excursions that cover these sophisticated topics. The line also enjoys as customers younger crowds during its summer and holiday cruise itineraries. The majority of guests are loyal to the company, so crossover between both riverboats is common.
Memphis TN is an important homeport for the line. Its most famous riverboat American Queen docks there regularly - at the Beale Street Landing city attraction. n April 2014, a second riverboat American Empress joined the fleet after a major refurbishment. The line's second ship formerly sailed under the name "Empress of the North" - another famous USA steamboat ship.
The American Steamboat line owns and operates only three (for now) paddlewheeler riverboats sailing on some of the biggest rivers in the USA:
- American Duchess (2017)
- American Empress (built 2004, acquired 2013) on Snake and Columbia (Pacific Northwest)
- American Queen (built 1995, acquired 2011) on Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee.
All American Queen Steamboat Company ships are paddle-wheel steamboats, decked out in Victorian elegance. Their interior decorations feature rich upholstery, ornate chandeliers, brass and polished wood. Both riverboats offer modern amenities, such as Wi-Fi in all public spaces, gourmet cuisine, tickets price-inclusive tours and excursions ashore. Still, they aim to evoke the "old timer's" memories of the 19th century paddlewheel steamships. The line's both riverboats are powered by an original design steam plant. Their steam engine drives the stern paddle wheel to propel the ship through water.
All riverboats are with American, professionally trained staff and crew. Passengers as demographics are well-traveled, 50+ years old. They surely enjoy the boats' Victorian charm and antiques, as well as their onboard entertainment - from dancing to swing, big band music and the top deck's calliope performances. The calliope is an authentic musical instrument, which is also steam-powered.